The Minnesota Timberwolves dismantled the Los Angeles Lakers 124-104 on Wednesday. Not only did they beat LA badly, but they embarrassed them repeatedly and mercilessly.
Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns largely had his way with the Lakers, finishing the game with 30 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
No play illustrated how badly he embarrassed and dominated his opposition, though, than this:
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The three-word insult he subsequently dropped after straight-up bullying the guy many regard as the GOAT speaks to just how in his bag Towns was on the evening.
After the game, James claimed that he wasn’t bothered by what transpired.
“It’s part of the game,” James said. “I’m very comfortable being uncomfortable. … You can control what you can control. … It’s easy to be comfortable when you are winning.”
That said, while James is trying to maintain his composure, clearly all this is starting to weigh on him.
Earlier in the week he appeared to take a fairly deliberate shot at Russell Westbrook, and before that he was feuding pretty seriously with the front office.
This has been a tough year for the Lakers, and other teams around the league are smelling blood in the water. There’s a reason why one rival squad openly called LA the worst team in the West not long ago. The air of invincibility is officially gone.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/JYC4W8yuY6
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 18, 2022
The Lakers are mere mortals now.
Hopefully at some point in the offseason the Lakers will figure out a way to right the ship. In the interim, though – they should be prepared for more disrespect of this variety through the end of the year.